ABBAS R KAZMI
6712 Rolling Road,
Springfield, VA 22152
(703) 627-5487 ; firstname.lastname@example.org
I seek employment as an Urdu/West Punjabi Instructor, Translator, Interpreter, Transcriber or Proofreader in a reputed organization.
I bring more than twenty years of international political and administrative experience as a career diplomat in the Foreign Service of Pakistan, with tours in the Middle East and Asia as well as residence in the United States. Moreover, during the last over thirteen years, I have gained valuable experience as an Urdu and Punjabi linguist. My career and commitment has enabled me to combine excellent interpersonal, communications and customer service skills with challenging responsibilities. I have learned to adopt a disciplined approach to the task at hand and developed the innate ability to anticipate potential obstacles, with a view to attaining specific targets.
M.A. Economics - University of Peshawar, Pakistan, 1980
B.A. Economics, Political Science - Edwards College, Peshawar, 1977
Arabic Language Course at Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad, July-Sep., 1983.
As a Linguist:
11/14 to 2/17; Senior Language Researcher - Urdu/West Punjabi, JTG Inc. Language Research Center, Hyattsville, MD
04/08 to 10/14: Punjabi/Urdu Linguist, AECOM Language Research Center, Hyattsville, MD.
08/2012-Present : Urdu and Punjabi Medical Interpreter, CyraCom, Tucson, AZ
02/2012 to 4/2012: Urdu and Punjabi Medical Interpreter, World Services USA., 1954 Airport Rd. Suite 20, Atlanta, GA 30341
10/2012-Present : Urdu and Punjabi Court Interpreter, TNB Language Service, 7180 Buckeye Rd., SW, Roanoke, VA 24018
9/19/09 to date: Urdu Teacher and Urdu/W.Punjabi Test Developer and Tester, Comprehensive Language Center, Arlington, VA.
4/08 to date: Urdu and West Punjabi Tester, ICA (formerly Inlingua Language Center), Arlington, VA.
06/11/07 to 4/3/08: Urdu Teacher/Tester, Inlingua Language Center, Arlington, VA.
03/01/07 to date: Urdu and Punjabi Interpreter, The Translation Department, Washington, D.C
02/10/07 to 3/23/08: Urdu Teacher, International Language Institute, Washington, DC.
04/30/07 to 06/07/07: Urdu Teacher, Berlitz Language Center, Tysons Corner, VA.
02/20/07 to date: Urdu Tester, Washington Language Center, Arlington.
01/16/07 to 4/27/07: Urdu Teacher, Int. Center for Language Studies, Washington, D.C.
10/19/06 to 8/23/07: Urdu Teacher, Comprehensive Language Center, Arlington, VA.
10/03/06 to 08/21/2008: Urdu/Punjabi Medical and Legal Interpreter, Advanced Communication and Translation, Inc., Bethesda, MD.
8/24/06 to 2/12/15: Urdu and West Punjabi Translator and Proofreader, FCI Corporation, Easton, PA.
7/26/06 to 9/15/06: Urdu Teacher, Comprehensive Language Center, Arlington, VA.
03/29/06 12/18/06: Punjabi-English Transcriber and Translator, Advanced Language Systems International, Rockville, MD.
11/28/05 to 02/09/06: Urdu Teacher/Tester; West Punjabi Tester, Inlingua Language Center, Arlington, VA
11/22/05 to 6/22/06: Urdu Teacher, International Language Institute, Washington, DC.
9/6/05 to 7/27/06: Urdu Teacher/Tester; West Punjabi Tester, Diplomatic Language Services, Arlington, VA
6/27/05 to 8/08/05: Urdu Teacher/Tester, Diplomatic Language Services, Arlington, VA
10/25/04 to12/30/04: Urdu Teacher/Tester, Diplomatic Language Services, Arlington.
08/02/04 to 10/22/04: Urdu Teacher, Language Learning Enterprises, Washington, D.C.
07/05/04 08/03/04: Consultant (voice recording), W. Punjabi, Transparent Language, New Hampshire, VA.
07/07/04 to 09/02/04: Urdu Teacher/Tester, Diplomatic Language Services, Arlington.
06/04 to 07/20/06: Subject Matter Expert and Audio Narrator, West Punjabi language, National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland.
04/05/04 to 04/30/04: Urdu Instructor, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington VA.
04/2004 to 12/04: Urdu and Punjabi Interpreter, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA.
Punjabi-English Dictionary (2012); co-authored with Kanwal Bashir
Dunwoody Press Hyattsville, MD
a) Urdu and West Punjabi Tester, September, 2011- ICA (formerly Inlingua Language Center), Arlington, VA.
b) Urdu and Punjabi Court Interpreting Certificate - March, 2015
TNB Language Service, 7180 Buckeye Rd., SW, Roanoke, VA 24018
c) Urdu and Punjabi Medical Interpretation Course, - June 2017; Liberty Language Services, Vienna, VA 22182
8/06: Cultural Instructor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Howard University, Washington, D.C. / aiSim Technologies, Arlington, VA.
Tester Training, Language Learning Enterprises (LLE), Washington, D.C. ; 12/2011
Language in the Foreign Language Classroom, DLI, Diplomatic Language Services; 2005
OPI: Oral Proficiency Interview Orientation, Diplomatic Language Services; 2004
FSI Test Preparation Seminar: ICA Language Center (formerly Inlingua), Arlington, VA; 09/2007
Advanced Reading Skills Seminar: ICA Language Center, Arlington, VA; 10/2007
Advanced Listening Skills Seminar: ICA Language Center, Arlington, VA; 10/2007
Advanced Speaking Skills Seminar: ICA Language Center, VA; 10/2007
SKILLS: Proficient with MS Word, MS Access, MS Excel, MS
PowerPoint and Windows XP
INTERESTS: Current Affairs, Books
As a Linguist:
1. I have taught students from diverse backgrounds:
a) Defense Department.
b) State Department.
c) Commerce Department
d) National Academy of Sciences.
e) Inspector General's Office.
F) Booz Allen Hamilton
g) Free lance journalists ( Berlitz, Tysons Corner and International Language Institute , Washington DC. )
h) Private students; Inlingua, Arlington and International Language Institute, Washington DC and Diplomatic Language Services, Arlington.
2. As a Tester of Urdu/ West Punjabi, I have been responsible for identifying and providing the reading texts of various levels.
3. My translation pair is Urdu-English and West Punjabi–English .I have also been transcribing West Punjabi to English and proofreading translated texts from English to West Punjabi and vice versa.
4. My Interpreting assignments of Urdu and West Punjabi have been primarily in the medical, legal and educational fields.
5. As s Subject Matter Expert of West Punjabi at National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland, I developed various learning activities around a given Reading and/or Listening text.
6. During my tours of duty at the Embassies of Pakistan at Malaysia (1984-89) and Lebanon (1992-95), one of my important responsibilities was to look after the interests of Pakistani expatriate community as well as Pakistani visitors in these countries. I frequently used to act as an Interpreter of Urdu/Punjabi/, between some Pakistanis and the law enforcement authorities of the host country.
7. Ambassadors wrote their speeches in English, which were meant for Pakistani audience, e.g., on the occasion of Pakistan National Day, Pakistan Independence Day, Eid-ul-Azha (Muslim religious holiday); My job was to translate them into Punjabi and/or Urdu. Moreover, some of the senior officers at the Embassy were not conversant with Punjabi language. I interpreted for them in their official dealings with Punjabi speaking members of overseas Pakistanis.
As a Diplomat:
10/2001 to 03/2004: Sick leave from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pakistan.
05/2001 to 10/2001: On Leave from Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Pakistan.
11/99-05/2001: Director, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), MOFA, Pakistan.
1995-1999: First Secretary/Counselor, Embassy of Pakistan, Washington D.C.
1992-1995: Charges d' Affaires/First Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Beirut, Lebanon.
1991-1992: Director, Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), MOFA, Pakistan.
1989-1991: Section Officer, International Conferences, MOFA, Pakistan.
1984-1989: Third Secretary/Second Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan, Malaysia.
1983-1984: Section Officer, Economic Coordination, MOFA, Pakistan.
1982-1983: Completed nine months' Foreign Service Training, Islamabad, Pakistan.
1981-1982: Completed nine months' Training for Civil Servants, Lahore, Pakistan.